NLL 2015 Les Bartley Award Candidates

July 5, 2015

The nominees for the NLL Head Coach of the Year Award—also known as the Les Bartley Award—have been announced and now it’s a matter of waiting until September to see who the winner is. The nominees for 2015 are Mike Hasen of the Rochester Knighthawks, Derek Keenan of the Edmonton Rush, and John Lovell of the Toronto Rock. Lovell and Keenan faced each other in the Champion’s Cup this year,…


NLL Rookie of the Year Candidates: Who Will They Be?

June 23, 2015

Although the Rookie of the Year nominees won’t be revealed until tomorrow, we can still take an educated guess at to who the candidates will be. Third pick overall Miles Thompson had a great rookie season for the Minnesota Swarm with 27 goals and 62 points. Thompson was second on the Swarm in both categories and 28th overall in the NLL. His strong rookie campaign bodes well for his ability…


NLL Goaltender of the Year Candidates

June 21, 2015

As the offseason continues, the NLL is continuing to release the candidates for the league’s various top honours. On Thursday the Goaltender of the Year nominees were revealed. For the second year in a row, Aaron Bold of the Edmonton Rush was nominated. For the second straight year, Bold led the league in goals against average, at 9.44, and wins, with 12. Brandon Miller of the Toronto Rock was nominated…


2015 NLL Season in Review

June 8, 2015

  The Edmonton Rush won the Champion’s Cup this weekend, their first title in their 10-year history. And so ends the 2015 NLL season. So let’s now have a look back at the season that was, and some of the highlights along the way. The season got off to an unexpected start in the first two weeks of the schedule when the three-time defending champion Rochester Knighthawks lost two straight,…


Roughnecks and Rush Begin Rematch of Last Year’s Division Finals

May 15, 2015

The Calgary Roughnecks travel up the road to Edmonton to face the Edmonton Rush in Game 1 of the West Division Finals on Friday night, beginning a rematch of the 2014 Division Finals. Last year the Roughnecks upset the odds-on favourite Rush, splitting the two full games and then convincingly winning the tie-breaking mini-game. This year Edmonton is once again the favourite, but Calgary is looking to once again win…


Vinc and Bold Neck and Neck for Top Goalie Award

April 23, 2015

The NLL’s 2014 awards season saw a tight three-way race for the Goaltender of the Year trophy, with Matt Vinc, Aaron Bold and Anthony Cosmo all making very good cases for the top honor. Bold set a league record for wins (15) and was tops in goals against average (8.73). Vinc was second in wins (12) and GAA (9.56) but had the best save percentage (.798). Cosmo led the league…


Rush and Roughnecks Open 2-Game Weekend Series

April 10, 2015

The Edmonton Rush (9-4) and Calgary Roughnecks (4-10) resume the Battle of Alberta on Friday night when they face each other in Calgary. The Rush are trying to lock down first place in the West Division while the Roughnecks are fighting just to make the playoffs. With only four games left on their schedule, Calgary needs to catch fire to take that last playoff spot from the Vancouver Stealth, who…


Trade Analysis: Dinsdale to Rush

April 1, 2015

The Edmonton Rush added another right-handed stick to their offense on Tuesday when they picked up Matthew Dinsdale from the Calgary Roughnecks in exchange for a conditional third round pick in the 2015 draft. The third-year forward was drafted by the Roughnecks in 2012 with the seventh-overall pick. Although highly touted when he was chosen, Dinsdale has never really found a regular spot on the floor for the Riggers, playing…


Rush Visit Rochester for Only Time in 2015

March 28, 2015

The Rochester Knighthawks (7-3) will try to gain some ground on the first-place Toronto Rock when they host the Edmonton Rush (6-4) tonight at the Blue Cross Arena. The Rush meanwhile will be trying to solidify their hold on first place in the West Division. The three-time defending champion Knighthawks have gotten hot of late, winning five in a row. Defending NLL MVP Cody Jamieson is pacing the K’Hawks with…


Rock and Rush Square off for Round 2 in Battle of Division Leaders

March 21, 2015

When they faced each other three weeks ago at Rexall Place, the Toronto Rock (10-2) needed overtime to best the Edmonton Rush (5-4) by a score of 16-15. Saturday night the top teams in their respective divisions meet again, this time in the ACC in Toronto. The Rush followed that overtime loss with another overtime loss the next weekend, when the lowly Calgary Roughnecks squeaked past them by a 12-11…